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Old Cardinal Gem Mine

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Wonderful Family & A Fun Time

This was such a unique experience! The family’s mining areas are tucked down in the woods just... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Acworth, Georgia
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Super Fun Outing for Scout Group of 15

Coming from Southwest Florida, most of the boys and even some of the adults had never experienced... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2018
Gianna H
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We are a little rustic gem mine in Franklin NC , We welcome you to our gem mine. Thanks Darcel Charles, Morgan & Isaiah
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71 Rockhaven Dr, Franklin, NC 28734-8691
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All reviews gem mine native buckets the owner salted buckets a family run business wonderful family highlight of our trip money's worth unique experience precious stones rainy day highly recommend this place running water two hours north carolina isaiah morgan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was such a unique experience! The family’s mining areas are tucked down in the woods just outside of their home. They offered for us to mine our native bucket indoors since it was raining really hard outside. We spent around two hours mining and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Coming from Southwest Florida, most of the boys and even some of the adults had never experienced gem mining in North Carolina. Well, Old Cardinal Gem Mine didn't disappoint and left the boys with memories they will cherish forever and gems that they got dirty...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gianna H
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Ok, so after visiting the Sheffield Gem Mine, I was sad. Here we had driven over two hours to get to Franklin, NC and I had hardly found anything. You can read my review of Sheffield Gem Mine to find out more. It was 5:00pm...More

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank Marci B
Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

Darcell, Morgan and Isaiah are the most welcoming and friendly people you ever want to meet! This was something I’ve always wanted to do! I am so glad that we picked this place!! I really enjoyed the interaction with Morgan and Isaiah. They are well...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank wyttigr
Reviewed June 1, 2018

We visited the mine during a rainy day so it was a bit muddy. We purchased a bag of native soil and found many gems. Morgan and Isaiah were a great help with identifying the different gems. After we finished the separated the gems an...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank GaryGeorgia
Reviewed April 22, 2018

We were totally impressed with the knowledge of the folks who own and operate this mine. We bought 2 buckets of naive soil and were so surprised to find to many gems! The help we received in identifying the stones, weighing and bagging the gems...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank janwik2018
Reviewed April 9, 2018

They were all AWESOME thank you so very much Morgan and Isaiah were knowledgeable, funny and helpful. They individually weighed,labeled and bagged every single gem we uncovered. They even went back and pulled out the gems that we had mistaken as rocks. If you go...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank OkieSwap
Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

My brother and I took our families to the mine, our kids (3-8yrs) had a fantastic time! The wonderful group that run this establishment are friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and phenomenally helpful. Buy a bucket and they will guide you through every step. This is a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Stephan W
Reviewed March 16, 2018

In March, when others were closed they were open. The people were awesome and knowledgeable. A great time, definitely recommend.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank dions227
Reviewed November 2, 2017

As others have very accurately reported, two young people and their grandmother run this place, and they do it VERY well. Don't let the 'unkept' appearance of the entry road deter you...go right on up and park at their building! The kids will sell you...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank 379conniel
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Rod E
September 13, 2018|
Response from wyttigr | Reviewed this property |
By the bucket. You get to chose the buckets you want!